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The driver at the traffic lights was riding his clutch. (I once jotted the sentence down but I don't remember where it's from.)
I know riding the clutch means keeping it between full engagement and disengagement and that people sometimes do it in slow traffic, or when they let out the clutch too slowly when changing gears, but I don't quite get how you can ride it at the traffic lights? The way I see it is that you basically wait at the lights.
Or is it that somebody spotted a driver at the lights and 'heard' the roaring sound you make when you are slow with the clutch and use too many revs to pull away?
Last edited by nyota; 24-May-2011 at 22:46. Reason: changing [U][/U], PS
It is, or was, the correct procedure for a hill start. You click the parking brake (to make instant release quicker) and gently raise the clutch to biting point. That is when you are, very briefly, riding the clutch. You can then release the parking brake with no fear of rolling back, and simultaneously let the clutch pedal gently up and increase pressure on gas; hey presto - you move off.
I didn't say it was a recommended driving manoeuvre or position! I just know it's possible.
Having said that, it's not just young male drivers who do it. I'm afraid I'm as guilty of it as they are, especially when waiting at traffic lights facing uphill!
Oh I'm liking this thread. I get answers and everybody's throwing in very nice vocab. Please, do go on. ;)
It is commonly believed, by males at least, that 'women drivers' are inferior to men. I found the reverse - with a few exceptions. Immediately after my pupils had passed their test, I used to tell them to drive around on their own for ten minutes, and then come back to collect me. With most of my female pupils, I had no qualms about this; with some of the males, I had an anxious ten minutes.
When a female started to learn to drive, she normally wanted to, guess what? - learn to drive, safely. Some males, however, were interested only in getting their driving licence so that they were free to show what they could do with a car.
Last edited by birdeen's call; 24-May-2011 at 23:06.